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Announcement of gas price hike ‘this week’
A fresh hike in gas prices is likely to be announced this week, said an official of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC). The increased prices will come into effect from next month, he added. Due to high import cost of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the BERC is all set to hike gas prices. However, residential and commercial consumers will be spared from paying higher prices. The upward price revision will affect industrial consumers, power plants, fertilizer factories, captive power plants, and CNG refueling stations. The move comes at a time when the government started supplying high-cost imported LNG in national gas network to supplement to locally produced gas since August this year. Per unit (thousand cubic feet or mcf) LNG costs US$11 as against locally produced gas price of only US$ 2.9 per unit. Official sources in BERC said that after examining all the pros and cons of the gas price hike proposals placed by different government entities, the regulatory body is now fully prepared to announce its decision anytime. Officials said currently 300 mmcfd gas is being supplied from LNG and it will go up to 500 mmcfd in a month or two and then 1000 mmcfd gas will be flowed from next year as per a government plan.
Hasina, Modi inaugurate construction of 130km cross-border oil pipeline
September 18, 2018 Tuesday 10:56 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were jointly inaugurating the construction of 130-km Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline between Siliguri in West Bengal and Parbatipur in Dinajpur on Tuesday. They opened the work on the oil pipeline through videoconferencing. Sheikh Hasina attended the videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban while Narendra Modi from his office in New Delhi, according to a report of UNB. About the pipeline, the Prime Minister said the 130-km India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline from Shiliguri to Parbatipur in Bangladesh is a new milestone in the history of cooperation between the two countries. “This will be the first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Parbatipur depot from Numaligarh of Assam in India,” she said. The Prime Minister mentioned that Bangladesh will initially receive 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel per annum and it will gradually be increased to 4 lakh tonnes. She also said the first consignment of diesel from India reached Bangladesh in March 2016 through rail wagons. Hasina expressed her gratitude to her Indian counterpart for his active role in implementing these projects. Referring to her inauguration together with Modi of the supply of 500MW electricity and two railway projects on September 10 and today’s joint projects, the Prime Minister said, “This intermittent contact between us, I believe, will further cement the ties of cooperation between Bangladesh and India.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries implemented a number of projects within a short time which are the symbols of good relations between the two countries. Modi said these projects have initiated a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India. “It’ll play a significant role in Bangladesh`s development as fuel oil could be supplied to the northern region at a low cost,” he said. Currently, imported oil is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading it from the ship at Chattogram Port. Later, the oil is brought to Khulna Doulatpur depot through coastal tanks and carried to Parbatipur again through rail wagons. This requires additional time and money as well as transport. The pipeline will solve these problems. Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the northeastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in Dinajpur. India will supply 2.5 lakh tonnes of diesel in the first three years. The import of fuel through the pipeline will be raised further as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj and Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Prodhan also spoke on the occasion.  
Category: Petroleum
Dhaka, Moscow sign protocol amending Rooppur nuclear power deal
September 18, 2018 Tuesday 10:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Dhaka and Moscow have signed a protocol to bring amendments to an agreement signed by both sides on development of Rooppur nuclear power plant. On sideline of the 62nd General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) being held in Vienna Bangladesh and Russia signed the protocol on September 17. In a statement on Tuesday, Russian state atomic energy agency Rosatom said the protocol was signed to bring in some amendments in the intergovernmental agreement signed on November 2, 2010 on partnership in construction of a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. It also said Bangladesh can now involve Russia in developing physical protection systems for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. Architect Yeafesh Osman, Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh and Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom signed the Protocol on behalf of their respective governments. The protocol provides for the possibility of involving a specialized Russian company in designing and installation of physical protection system for the main and auxiliary facilities of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. The Protocol also includes the clause saying that all the safety and security measures to ensure physical protection of the nuclear power plant to be taken in accordance with the requirements and guidelines of IAEA. Rooppur NPP with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed by Atomstroyexport (ASE), Engineering Division of Rosatom under strict monitoring by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).    Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) with two VVER-1200 reactors, each of 1,200 MW capacity is being constructed according to Russian design, at Ishwardi of Pabna district, 160 km from Dhaka. In accordance with the General Contract signed on December 25, 2015 Atomstroyexport (Engineering Division of Rosatom) is implementing the project as the General Contractor. The Russian VVER-1200 reactors that is selected for the first NPP in Bangladesh, was successfully set up at Unit No 1 of Novovoronezh NPP-2, said the statement.
Category: Nuclear
Sheikh Hasina, Modi to open Bangladesh-India oil pipeline Tuesday
September 17, 2018 Monday 11:13 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will jointly inaugurate construction work of Bangladesh-India Friendship Pipeline between Shiliguri in West Bengal of India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur of Bangladesh on Tuesday. The two premiers will open the construction work of the oil pipeline through a videoconference from their respective capitals at 5 pm on Tuesday, Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) Chairman Md Akram-Al-Hossain said. He also said this pipeline will play an effective role in strengthening further the energy security of Bangladesh. The officials said currently imported oil is stored in Chattogram depot after unloading it from the ship of at Chattogram Port. Later the oil is brought to Khulna Doulatpur Depot through coastal tanks and it was carried to Parbatipur again through rail wagons. In this process, additional time and money is required alongside creation of transport-related problems. But with the launching of the pipeline, these problems will be solved. Bangladesh and India signed an MoU here on April 9 last to set up the 130-km oil pipeline aimed at pumping Indian oil to Bangladesh with a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum. Earlier, Bangladesh inked a sale and purchase agreement with India on importing diesel through the pipeline on Oct 22 in 2017. Through the cross-border pipeline, India will supply fuel oil from its Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL), located at Golaghat in the north-eastern state of Assam, while Bangladesh will receive the oil at Parbatipur Depot of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) in north-western district of Dinajpur, the BPC sources said. India will supply 2.5 lakh metric tons of diesel for the first three years and the amount will be increased to 4 lakh MY in the last five years. The import of fuel will be further raised in future through the pipeline as per the requirements of Bangladesh. The NRL will distribute diesel for 15 years through the pipeline and the time could be expanded following the consent of both sides, the BPC sources said. With the completion of construction work of the pipeline, they said, the deal on sale and purchase will be made effective. The Parbatipur Depot formally received the first consignment of 2,268 MT diesel from the NRL through rail wagons on March 19, 2016. Through the rail wagons, Bangladesh has imported 57,000 MT diesel from India till July 2018 and it is expected that 50,000 MT more will be brought from India in August-December 2018 through the same way.  
Category: Petroleum
Partial production at Barapukuria power plant resumes
September 14, 2018 Friday 11:28 PM By UNB
Power production from a unit of Barapukuria coal-fired power plant resumed Friday after 52 days of suspension for want of coal. Chief engineer Abdul Hakim Sarker of the plant said power production from no 3 unit started around 2:28 am on Friday. Though, the production capacity of the unit is 275MW units, now it is producing 170-180MW, he said. He said, “The unit needs 2800 MW coal daily for full production. Now, we are getting supply of 2000-2,500 metric tons coal from Barapukuria coal mine.” In a major blow to the country`s power sector, the Barapukuria thermal power plant in Dinajpur was shut down on July 22 owing to an acute shortage of coal after 142,000 tons of coal meant for the power plant disappeared. To keep power supply normal in Northern districts during Eid, the 2 no unit with capacity of 125-MW, resumed its production on August 20. However, it was again closed down after nine days.
Category: Power
Chattogram starts getting 300mmcfd LNG
September 11, 2018 Tuesday 11:49 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
The consumers in the Chattogram region get 300mmcfd of liquefied natural gas (LNG), said Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) managing director Md Quamruzzaman. He said, “Consumers of Chattogram have started consuming an amount of 300 million cubic feet per day gas from the Floating Storage Re-gasification Unit in Moheshkhali since Monday,” With the supply of LNG, the long-drawn problems regarding low pressure and unavailability of gas in peak hours both in industries and residence have already been eased, he said. State-owned Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd (KGDCL) is supplying gas to local industries, gas-based power plants, fertiliser units and domestic consumers. Karnaphuli is responsible for supplying piped natural gas to consumers in Chittagong, Cox`s Bazar, Rangamati, Bandarbans and Khagrachari districts of Bangladesh. KGDCL officials said the Gas Transmission Company Ltd increased the LNG supply to 300 mmcfd from its previous 100 mmcfd since August 18. The demand for gas in Chattogram ranges between 450 and 500 mmcfd. Chattogram region had been suffering from acute gas shortages for the past several years. Businesses in Chattogram see the increasing gas supply as a boon for them and hoped the required gas supply to the region will continue. Raozan 420 megawatt (MW) Power Plant, Shikalbaha 60MW Power Plant, Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd and Kafco Fertilier Plant are lying idle for months for gas crisis. KGDC sources said the second ship with 138,000 cubic metres of LNG arrived from Qatar for the LNG import facility in the Bay of Bengal off Moheshkhali Island.    
Category: Gas
Bangladesh begins import of additional 300 MW power from India
September 10, 2018 Monday 11:16 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Bangladesh has started import of additional 300 MW power from India to meet the local demand. The import started at around 00:00 hrs of 10th September 2018 at Kushtia’s Bheramara second HVDC sub-station. Bangladesh now imports some 660MW power from India. “Indian state-run power major NTPC’s trading arm NVVN began power supply of 300 MW to Bangladesh from midnight Sunday,” Bangladesh Power Development Board Member (Generation) Sayeed Ahmed said. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited. NVVN signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) on September 6, 2018 at Dhaka for supply of 300 MW power from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and back to back agreement has also been signed with the DVC, according to a report by Press Trust of India. The company said the testing of additional 500 MW Baharampur (India) Bheramara (Bangladesh) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link has been completed. This is be used to supply power to Bangladesh. BPDB had invited bids for buying 500 MW power from Indian firms under short-term (June, 1 2018 - December 31, 2019) and long-term (January 1, 2020 - May, 31, 2033) timeframes. NTPC and PTC India emerged as the lowest bidders to win the contracts to supply power to Bangladesh for 15 years. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s biggest power producer, will supply 300MW while Power Trading Corporation (PTC) India Ltd will supply the remaining 200MW. Bangladesh will buy power from NTPC at Tk 4.71 per unit for short term and Tk 6.48 from January 2020 to May 2033. PTC India will sell at Tk 4.86 per until December next year and at Tk 6.54 from 2020. In 2013, Bangladesh started to import power through this HVDC substation’s first unit, which now adds 500 MW to the national grid. Another 160 MW is imported through the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.
Category: Power
Coal extraction resumed after three months in Barapukria
September 8, 2018 Saturday 10:03 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
After about three months of closure, coal extraction work has been resumed in Barapukria coal mine of Parbatipur in Dinajpur. The coal extraction on experimental basis is stared from the 1314 no phase of the coal mine on Friday night, informed an official with the Barapukria Coal Mining Company Limited. He said, at present it will be possible to extract 1000-1500 tonnes of coal on a daily basis. But it will increase gradually. The official said within the next 10 days, the commercial extraction work will start. The extraction work of the mine had stopped after the coal at 1210 no phase ran out in June 16. As the coal ran out, the electricity production at 525 MW coal power plant in Barapukria went out of production from July 22. The official informed that authorities concerned have been doing everything to resume operation in the three units of coal powered plant which went out of operation because of coal shortage. Complaints of surreptitiously selling coal was raised even though the coal reserve was on the wane. Later Anti Corruption Commission investigated the matter.
Category: Coal
Rooppur NPP pavilion at ICCB creates huge interest among the visitors
September 8, 2018 Saturday 7:07 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
To create awareness about the modern nuclear power technology, safety and eco-friendliness of nuclear energy, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) set up a pavilion at a fair organised at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in connection with the Power and Energy fair-2018.  Over 2000 people visited the pavilion during the three day fair which ends on Saturday. The eye-catching design of the Rooppur nuclear power plant (RNPP) pavilion was inspired by the design of the cooling towers to be built at the Bangladesh’s first ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur of Ishwardi. Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russia’s Rosatom State Corporation jointly organised various educational and entertainment program for the visitors including demonstration of documentary film, video games, quiz competition among others. Different leaflets and booklets in Bangla on nuclear power were distributed among the visitors while the BAEC and Rosatom staffs answered to their various inquires related to nuclear energy. Rooppur nuclear power plant at Ishwardi of Pabna district is being set up with the technological and financial assistance from Russia, which is considered to be the global leader in construction of nuclear power plants. The power project will have two units each of 1,200 MW capacity. Latest 3+ Generation VVER- 1200 reactors to be set up there which completely meet up the safety requirements set by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Category: Nuclear
NWPGCL sign deal with Siemens on 3600 MW LNG power plant at Payra
September 8, 2018 Saturday 5:38 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
State-owned North-West Power Generation Company Limited (NWPGCL) signed on Friday a joint development agreement (JDA) with Siemens of Germany to set up a 3600 MW LNG-based power plant in Payra. Secretary of NWPGCL Dipak Kumar Dhali and President (Gas and Power) Siemens Richard Clayton Reising signed the agreement on behalf of the respective organisations at hotel Westin in Dhaka. The plant will be located adjacent to the existing 1320 MW coal-fired power plant. As per the deal, in the first phase a 1200 MW plant will be set up by 2021 while the work on another 2400 MW will be completed in the second phase by 2024. The project is the largest in the country in terms of capacity and first ever LNG-To-Power Project in Bangladesh. Power Divison Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Bangladesh Power Development Board Chairman Khaled Mahmood, NWPGCL Chief Executive Officer Engineer AM Khurshedul Alam, German Deputy Head of Mission Michael Schultheiss and Siemens Gas to Power President Richard Clayton Reisig spoke at the function.  
Category: Power
Chevron largest natural gas producer in Bangladesh
September 7, 2018 Friday 3:33 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Chevron Bangladesh has been recognized by the Ministry of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources as the largest natural gas producer of the country in the private sector. Chevron Bangladesh President Neil Menzies received a certificate and award in this regard from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inauguration ceremony of Power & Energy Week 2018 on Thursday at International Convention City, Bashundhara, in the city. Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid were present at the function.
Category: Gas
Drawback in power sector during BNP regime ‘unprecedented’: PM
September 6, 2018 Thursday 11:27 PM By BSS
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the country’s drawback in power sector during BNP regime was unprecedented, which was not seen any part of the world. Bangladesh’s total electricity generation capacity was 1600-megawatt (MW) when Awami League assumed power in 1996. Most part of the country was plunging into darkness at that time and the government for the first time engaged the private sector to boost the sector. “With the engagement of private sector, she said, the country’s total power generation capacity rose to 4300 MW in five years. But, the generation capacity unprecedentedly came down to 3200 MW in next five-year tenure of BNP. “I don’t know whether people of any country have such a bitter experience,” she said while inaugurating National Power and Energy Week 2018 at function at Bashundhara City International Convention Center here today. Sheikh Hasina said production cost of every unit of electricity is around Taka 6.25, but the government is making it available to people at Taka 4.82. In future the government might withdraw the subsidy when country’s economy would get better, she said urging the people to maintain austerity in using electricity. Reiterating AL’s firm commitment to make the country self-reliant in power and energy, the prime minister said her government has attached highest importance to regional cooperation in power sector with construction of power plants and grid lines with neighbouring countries as well as BIMSTEC countries. Work is progressing to import more 500-MW electricity from India and hydropower from Nepal and Bhutan. Bangladesh, India and Bhutan are waiting to sign a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the power sector, she said. The National Power and Energy Week 2018 is being observed with the theme ‘Onirban Agami’ aimed at showcasing the successes, current activities and future plan of the power and energy sector to the people. As well, the week will be featured with the programmes of debate competition for school and college students, awarding journalists for best reporting and employees for good performance, honouring public and private sector entrepreneurs and energy consumers of residential, commercial and industrial sectors for good practices. Minister for energy, water resources and irrigation of Nepal Barsha Man Pun Ananta, Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, and chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power and Energy Md Tajul Islam attended the function as special guests while State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid was in the chair. Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus gave a presentation on the overall activities and future plan of the sector while Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem spoke, among others, on the occasion. An audio visual documentary was exhibited on development of the sector during the tenure of the present government.  The prime minister said with the aim of creating an exploitation-free happy and prosperous society, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman confirmed national security through the purchase of five gas fields from the foreign oil company. “But, his dream could not come true as the wheel of the development of the sector became stagnant after Bangabandhu’s murder and following the politics of murder, coup and conspiracy,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said the country’s power generation capacity now reached 20,000 MW and three to five lakh consumers were added to the national grid in every month, reaching the total number of consumers to more than 30 million from 18 million ten years ago. She thanked all concerned who were involved in this success. “In 100 years before 2009, a total of 27 power plants were constructed in the country whereas 101 plants were constructed in last ten years. The government has a plan to generate 60,000 MW electricity by 2041 while 40,000 MW by 2030 and 24,000 MW by 2021,” she said. The prime minister said the present government also constructed more than three thousand circuit kilometre transmission line to ensure uninterrupted power supply to people. Noting that distribution lines were also upgraded from 2.6 lakh kilometers to 4.57 lakh kilometers, the premier said in 2009, the number of people having access to electricity was 47 percent, which now increased to 90 percent. Per capita power consumption is now 464 KWh, which was 220 kWh in 2009, she said. Sheikh Hasina said about 130,000 new irrigation connections have been given to framers. Power connections have also been given to Rohingya camp at the shortest possible time, she said. She said system loss in power distribution has been reduced to 11.40 percent from 18.45 percent while the government is making relentless efforts to generate electricity from renewable sources to ensure energy security for future generation and address global warming. By installing 53 million solar home systems, the prime minister said, about 220 MW power is being generated and two solar power plants have been set up with capacity of about 30 MW. Pointing out her government’s steps to increase natural gas production and set up coal-based power plant, she said average production of gas has increased from 1,745 million cubic feet to 2,550 million cubic feet per day. Sheikh Hasina said a total of 862 kilometre new gas transmission pipeline has been set up. A total of 33 new gas reservoirs were identified in the country while digging of 14 search wells and 57 development wells were completed. Before assuming power in 1996, the prime minister said, about 1,200 to 1800 metric tonnes of coal were extracted from country’s lone productive Barapukuria coal mine per day. At present, she said, about 4,000 to 4,500 metric tonnes of high quality bituminous coal is being extracted from the mine using latest technology. Sheikh Hasina said in 2008-09 fiscal, total capacity of oil reservoir was nine lakh tonnes, which increased to 1.2 million tonnes in fiscal 2016-17. Considering the issue of gas reserves in the country, she said, 56 private companies were given licenses to set up LPG plants to meet household demands. To fulfill the growing demand of oil refineries, the prime minister said, the government has taken a project to construct Eastern Refinery Unit-2. Besides, efforts have been made to construct 237 kilometre pipeline of Dhaka and Chittagong aiming to improving the supply of fuel, she said. Sheikh Hasina said good governance has been established in the power sector by introducing prepaid metres and providing online-based services. About 1.4 million prepaid metres have been set up, she added. “The government has taken initiatives to import LNG from abroad to meet the growing demand of the country. Initiatives have been taken to set up ground-based LNG terminal in Piara port, Kutubdia and Maheshkhali. Initiatives have been taken to import LNG from Qatar and Oman and to buy LNG from Spot Market,” she said. Sheikh Hasina said work of the Maheshkhali-Anwara 91-kilometre pipeline has been completed for supplying the imported LNG. “Besides, construction of 30-kilometre Anwara-Faujdarhat pipeline and 181-kilometre Faujdarhat-Bakhrabad pipeline will be completed soon.”  After establishing the rights of Bangladesh on 1,18,813 square kilometers of maritime area in the Bay of Bengal, she said, Bangladesh has adopted necessary policies to tap the maritime resources. Due to the continuous expansion of the power sector, the socioeconomic development of the country’s rural areas became possible, the premier said, adding that development of the power sector helped ensure the country’s food security. The prime minister distributed awards among winners for best essay writing on power sector, best reporting in media, best performers and best entrepreneurs. Later, she visited a fair organised on the premises of the convention centre.  
Category: Power
New HVDC link boosts India-BD power transmission capacity
September 4, 2018 Tuesday 7:43 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Siemens has commissioned the second block of a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) back-to-back link in Bheramara, Bangladesh. With this commissioning, Siemens has helped establish a new electricity supply connectivity between India and Bangladesh with a transmission capacity of up to 500 megawatt (MW), according to a report by www.power-technology.com. The company noted that the first block of HVDC has been operational since 2013. This block offers a transmission capacity of up to 500MW. With block 01 and 02 operating in parallel, the Bheramara HVDC back-to-back link has attained nearly 1,000MW power transmission capacity and is reported to be the highest reliable power capacity in Bangladesh. Electricity will be supplied to India from Bheramara through a 230KV grid, which will be connected via a substation and overhead lines to India`s 400KV grid. Siemens Energy Management Transmission Solutions CEO Mirko Düsel said: "The availability of reliable power transmission is crucial for emerging countries like Bangladesh. Therefore, we`re especially pleased to hand over Block 02 of the Bheramara HVDC back-to-back link to the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB). "After only 24 months project execution time and 3.0 million safe working hours at the site, the link will help Bangladesh to reliably import the annually needed additional electricity of 500MW from India. "The HVDC link enables a constant, affordable and reliable power supply for the people and economy in Bangladesh and helps in consolidating the grid stability of the densely populated state." On 27 July, a trial run of block 02 was completed, though this block has been put into commercial operation since 02 July.
Category: Power
AIIB helps Bangladesh reach energy targets with up to $274 in Investments
September 4, 2018 Tuesday 10:29 AM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) board of directors visited Dhamrai to meet with beneficiaries of AIIB’s investment in the distribution system upgrade and expansion project. The project is part of a national plan to provide about 2.5 million service connections to rural consumers, upgrade two grid substations and convert 85 kilometers of overhead distribution lines to underground cables. The installation of the 2.5 million service connections is now complete and approximately 12.5 million Bangladeshis are directly benefiting from the project. Remaining work on the project is expected to be completed in 2019. This is one of three energy projects approved by AIIB’s board of directors, totaling up to US$ 274 million in funding. These projects are aligned with fueling continued economic growth in Bangladesh and with the government’s ambitious target to achieve affordable electricity for all by 2021.They are also aligned with the country’s need for US$ 40 billion in investments in generation, transmission and distribution by 2030 to address current needs and constraints. “Our Board is here to learn more about the local investment climate and what Bangladesh needs to maintain economic growth and reach its full potential,” AIIB Head of Communications and Development Laurel Ostfield told reporters on Monday. “We look forward to continuing to work with the government of Bangladesh and other partners to develop solutions that will address the infrastructure gap and improve the livelihood of millions.” The Bhola IPP project is one example of how AIIB is mobilizing funds for vital energy infrastructure in Bangladesh. AIIB is also considering investing in liquefied natural gas infrastructure and utility-scale solar power projects.  
Category: Power
Unplanned developments a challenge for power sector
September 1, 2018 Saturday 6:04 PM By UNB
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Saturday said that unplanned urbanisation and industrialisation has been the biggest challenge for power sector to ensure uninterrupted power supply. He made the remarks while addressing a roundtable on `Power for All` at East West Media Auditorium in the city. With Daily Sun editor Enamul Haque Chowdhury in the chair, the function, organised by Daily Sun, was also addressed by Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Rural Electrification Board (REB) chairman Major Gen (retd ) Moin Uddin, Power Cell Director General Mohammad Hossain, BGMEA Senior Vice President Faruque Hassan, eminent energy expert Dr M Tamim and Dr Ijaz Hossain. Nasrul Hamid said it has been a difficult task for the power sector to keep its planning for generation, transmission and distribution when urbanisation and industrialisation are taking place in an unplanned manner. He said such unplanned development forces the planners to frequently change their original plans. He said it becomes tough to make prediction about the future demand of the power when such unplanned development happens. The state minister said detail area plan is essentially required for not only capital Dhaka, but it should be required for all over Bangladesh. He directed the power sector officials to strictly follow the government’s recent plan of developing the economic zones where only industries will be developed. Ahmad Kaikaus said the government has taken different initiatives to create efficient manpower to face the challenges in the future in power sector. REB chairman said his organisation has provided 16 million new electricity connections in the rural areas in last three years. “But still we are not being able to ensure quality power supply for which interruptions are taking place in different parts of the country.” he added. Mohammad Hossain said the country`s power demand will reach 40,000 MW by 2030 and the government has been moving ahead with a master plan to meet such demand. Dr. Tamim said so far power and energy sectors’ development was made on the basis of imported primary energy. He said gas-fired power generation has come down to 59 percent from previous 90 percent which is a big challenge to provide electricity at an affordable price. He said the weakness in management will be another challenge for power and energy sector in the future. Dr. Ijaz Hossain said repayment of foreign debt will be a major challenge for the country`s energy and power sector as this will push up the cost. He said the country`s local gas price is $1.1 dollar per mcf whereas it will be as high as $10-12 when gas will be supplied through imported LNG.  
Category: Power
India’s SGPL to supply 250MW power to BD
August 30, 2018 Thursday 3:35 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
India’s Sembcorp Gayatri Power Limited (SGPL) power plant has won a tender from Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) to supply 250MW of power for 15 years. SGPL is wholly owned by Sembcorp’s India power arm, Sembcorp Energy India (SEIL). BPDB has sent letters of intent (LoI) to SGPL, with plans to begin the power supply upon completion of procedural requirements and relevant government approvals, reports power-technology.com. The BPDB launched the tender in February for two-phase short-term and long-term gas or coal power supply. SEIL has two thermal power plants in Andhra Pradesh, with four 660-megawatt super-critical coal-fired units and a total installed capacity of 2.64 gigawatts. SEIL managing director Vipul Tuli said: “We are pleased to have emerged as the successful bidder in this tender, and look forward to commencing supply of power under a tariff that is competitive for Bangladesh and sustainable for our company.”
Category: Power
Rosatom starts training for Rooppur NPP staff in Russia
August 20, 2018 Monday 12:04 PM By News Desk, energynewsbd.com
Four and a half months training course on “Major Construction Works Management” intended for the Rooppur nuclear power plant staff began at Rosatom Technical Academy in the Russian city Obninsk last week. By the end of the current year Rusatom Service, the ‘Electrical Power’ division of The Rosatom State Corporation will train three more groups and the number of total trained specialists from Rooppur project will exceed 1400 persons, said a press release. “Skilled manpower is the main asset of any industry. One of the objectives of our company is to train and develop personnel in the field of nuclear energy. We have unique expertise and offer a full range of services for specialized and advanced training as well as internship opportunity at the enterprises of the State Corporation Rosatom”, said Evgeny Salkov, Director General of Rusatom Service. “We are positive that the knowledge and skills acquired by the Bangladeshi specialists will ensure efficient, reliable and safe operation of the Rooppur plant.” The present course includes both theoretical and practical program. Upon completion of the theoretical part the students will gain necessary knowledge in administrative and construction matters, specially on e acceptance of equipments and its mounting. Practical part includes on-site training at the Novovoronezh NPP, which is one of the oldest nuclear power supplier plants in Russia. Specialists from Bushehr NPP (Iran), Paks NPP (Hungary), Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland) have already passed training with certification in the Rosatom Technical Academy. Rusatom Service provides full range of services and supplies required materials for maintenance and repair for the foreign nuclear power plants those operate VVER-type reactors. The company holds leading positions in the markets of China, Iran, Bulgaria and Armenia and acts as a general contractor of works for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled preventive maintenance and upgrading the equipment at VVER nuclear power plants. Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is being implemented Rostaom State Corporation of Russia. Each construction stage of the plant is closely being monitored both by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).    
Category: Nuclear
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